2004-09-18 Juan Manuel Marquez w pts 12 Orlando Salido, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA
2004-09-18 Juan Manuel Marquez w pts 12 Orlando Salido, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA. Referee: Tony Weeks. Scorecards: 118-110, 117-111, 117-111. Defending his titles for the first time since his war with Manny Pacquiao, Marquez (126) was expected to demolish Salido (126) in quick time, but showing none of the fire associated with that contest it became a tactical battle between counter-punchers. For Marquez it was not a problem as Salido had to come to him if he wanted to win, but when that did not happen the champion was content to control the action from the centre of the ring, throwing occasional combinations to head and body. Although Salido began to take the fight to Marquez in the last two sessions it was all too little and too late.
On 3 December, at the Rondong Demang Stadium, Tenggarong City, Borneo, Indonesia, Chris John retained the WBA ‘second tier’ title with a fourth-round technical draw against Jose Rojas. John again successfully defended the WBA ‘second tier’ title at the same venue when outpointing Derrick Gainer over 12 rounds on 22 April 2005.